Friday, October 30, 2009

Music Buzz: Lady Gaga, Elton John, Anne Murray, Robbie Willams, Cyndi Lauper, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis & MORE!

Lady GaGa to be given the Stylemaker Award
Lady GaGa's bizarre fashion choice earns her an award. The electronica singer is about to be handed the Stylemaker Award at the 13th Annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards on Monday, November 2, Women's Wear Daily (WWD) reports. Famous fashion designer Marc Jacobs is slated to hand the award to GaGa.

Elton John cancels fifth concert due to illness!
Elton John has cancelled a Friday concert at Dublin's O2 arena because of illness, the fifth engagement he has been forced to cancel in the past week. Elton John has cancelled a Friday concert at Dublin's O2 arena because of illness, John, 62, had previously cancelled concerts in Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle and London because of flu-like symptoms. "Elton's symptoms have not improved significantly enough for doctors to allow him to perform this Friday at the O2 in Dublin," said a statement on his website.

Music legend, Anne Murray, says farewell with "All of Me"

Anne Murray's new memoir "All of Me" is a goodbye of sorts. Murray, who has sold 54 million records and earned four Grammy Awards, 24 Juno Awards and three American Music Awards, plans to stop performing in public. Her 2008 tour was her last, she said. "I did ... 29 cities in U.S. 27 in Canada. I proved I could to do it, the voice held up I was able to make a good showing I think and that was enough," she said.

Robbie Williams special honoree at 2010 BRIT Awards

Robbie Williams has been announced as a recipient for Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at next year's BRIT Awards. The ex-member of boyband Take That will be handed the special prize at a ceremony which will take place on February 16 at London's Earls Court. "Robbie is one of the outstanding artists and performers of his generation," Ged Doherty, chairman of The BRITs Committee, praised Robbie. "It will be an absolute thrill to have him at the Brits 30th anniversary show receiving the 'Outstanding Contribution' award. We are delighted."

Taylor Swift & Taylor Lautner's Week of Togetherness
Taylor Swift is known for writing songs about her relationships with guys, and this week alone could provide her with plenty of inspiration. Three weeks after she and Taylor Lautner were spotted together in Chicago – where he attended two of her concerts – the pair reunited in Los Angeles. On Sunday, Swift, 19, accompanied her driver to LAX airport to pick up New Moon star Lautner, 17, before they headed straight to the Staples Center for an L.A. Kings hockey game. "I really like hockey a lot and, it turns out, so does he," Swift told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that aired Thursday.

Cyndi Lauper voices her support for gay rights

"As a straight ally and as a person with many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members, friends and fans, I want to thank the Human Rights Campaign, Judy and Dennis Shepard and Senator Edward Kennedy for their leadership in the 11 year struggle to get the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hates Crimes Prevention Bill enacted. FINALLY, with President Obama's signature, violent hate crimes against the LGBT community will be recognized and prosecuted by the Federal government. This is only the beginning; I believe that the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, will soon be here. Today, that light at the end of the tunnel for the LGBT civil rights movement is much brighter."

Leona Lewis opens up about recent attack by a fan

“It could have been worse. I’m still alive. It is just something you have to deal with when you have fame and the positives far outweigh the negative. I don’t like to dwell on the negatives. I’m a very positive person.” Leona says in the interview cited by the UK Telegraph. Meanwhile, the singer admits she’s more than aware that the thing did not get “worse” because she had many people “looking out” for her and her safety.

Stephen Gately's record label makes official complaint about Jan Moir article

Polydor, the record label which represents Boyzone, has made a formal complaint over the Daily Mail's controversial opinion column about Stephen Gately's death. It has written to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) but has not given any further details about the complaint. The column was written by Jan Moir, who called Gately's death "sleazy" and unnatural". She added that his death "struck a blow" at the "myth" of civil partnerships. The star died from natural causes in a flat in Majorca. Moir's column was published last Friday, the day before his funeral. After links to the online article were circulated on the internet, more than 22,000 people complained to the PCC – the highest number ever received by the body. According to the Guardian, Polydor's complaint is similar to many of those already received and cites issues of accuracy and intrusion into grief. A PCC spokesman told the newspaper it was considering the new complaint.

Garth's still got it: Brooks' Vegas shows sell out
Garth Brooks mused that the public may have moved on when he announced he was coming out of retirement. Was he ever wrong. Tickets for Brooks' first 20 shows at the Wynn Las Vegas resort sold out in less than five hours. The resort says in a statement released Saturday afternoon that the resort reached its maximum capacity for callers at 141,934 and those who called in after got busy signals. Officials say the ticket Web site had more than 5.4 million page views with 40,000 waiting to buy tickets online at one point. Brooks announced a five-year deal with casino owner Steve Wynn last week that will include 15 weeks of shows in the Encore theater, which seats about 1,500. All tickets were $125 plus fees. The best-selling solo act in history will play shows Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of select weeks beginning Dec. 11, 2009.